Star Trek may be a 55-year old franchise, but that doesn’t mean it can’t learn new tricks. And on Star Trek Day, the franchise is going to move into an entirely new frontier. VeVe, a digital assets trading app, announced today that Star Trek is the latest franchise to be added to the platform. Starting Wednesday, September 8th at 8 am Pacific, digitally-minded fans will be able to purchase one of two scale models of the Enterprise-D or a Borg Cube.
Star Trek is jumping on the NFT bandwagon by releasing digital ships that you can purchase and then admire (notably, William Shatner himself beat Star Trek to the punch when he released digital collectible trading card NFTs last year). Trek joins an already impressive list of franchises that have assets available on VeVe, including DC Comics, Marvel, and Adventure Time to name a few.
Staring Wednesday at 8 am Pacific, you’ll be able to snatch up one of a limited number of Enterprise-D and Borg Cube 3D models that live within the VeVe app. Two editions of each can be purchased: a 1:1000 scale Borg Cube ($40 USD), a 1:1 scale Borg Cube ($110 USD), a 1:1000 scale Enterprise-D ($60 USD), and a 1:1 scale Enterprise-D ($130 USD).
Bring the models into your world with AR
The models can be viewed using the VeVe app and can even be placed into your real-life environment using augmented reality (AR). I kind of want to purchase the 1:1 scale models just so I can go out onto a football field and place them there using AR. I mean… these things are huge!
Veve explained what this means on their Twitter.
The Borg Cube is apparently 3,000+ meters on each side and 27 cubic kilometers in volume 😳
— VeVe | Digital Collectibles (@veve_official) September 7, 2021
And this tease on Instagram from VeVe CEO David Yu should give you a sense of the augmented reality possibilities.
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How does this NFT thing work anyways?
Captain Picard was right when he said “The economics of the future are somewhat different” in Star Trek: First Contact. An NFT (short for non-fungible token) is essentially a digital file that is unique. It can be copied, but that copy will be illegitimate without the proof to back up that it’s the real deal. Blockchain technology — yeah, the thing behind bitcoin — underpins all NFT apps. The blockchain works by acting as a sort of digital ledger. Let’s say you would like to purchase a 3D model of the Enterprise-D using VeVe. As soon as you purchase it, that transaction is written onto the blockchain ledger, a ledger that’s impossible to fake. The item now holds value because it’s unique.
In theory, the value of your Enterprise should only increase, since there are only a limited number of them available. That means people will be looking to buy these up and sell them on the market for well over the initial asking price. If you do want one of these models, you may have to act fast.
An NFT can be any type of digital thing, but the VeVe app trades specifically in 3D models. This brings an extra element of fun to owning one of these NFTs as you can view and manipulate your purchase right in the app, even with AR. All of the functionality is right there within the VeVe app.
VeVe isn’t the only NFT platform, but it’s the only place you’ll be able to buy the new Star Trek models. VeVe is actually a pretty good place to start, too, if you’re a beginner. Not only can you purchase, view, and even sell your NFT right within the app, transactions are in USD. Other NFT apps require purchases using cryptocurrencies, which, at the moment, come with some pretty steep fees.
More information about the VeVe Star Trek digital collectibles can be found on their Medium post about the release. And you can get the app and start buying and trading VeVe Star Trek and other NFTs at veve.me.
Find more Star Trek merchandise news at TrekMovie.com.